The French Tarrasch variation begins with the moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2. (diagram)
This is a flexible setup for White, named after Siegbert Tarrasch.
This variation with 3.Nd2 became popular in the 1970s and 1980s when Anatoly Karpov often played it to great effect, such as in the famous 1974 Candidates final match against Viktor Korchnoi.
In this exclusive iChess Club video, GM Mihail Marin takes a look at how play can develop when Black plays 3..Nc6.
This is a video in a series about the Tarrasch variation of the French Defense. You can catch part 1, where IM Robert Ris explores play after 3..Nf6, by clicking here.
Follow along with this study (be sure to check all the chapters for the different games):
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